Dipogon lignosus is a South African climbing plant that has caused some invasive mischief in Australia and maybe elsewhere, as one of its common names, mile-a-minute vine, suggests. Locally it is just a pretty flower occurring in its habitat of coastal forest and scrub land from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth. It climbs on what support may be on offer. It grows branched, soft stems of about 2 metres.
The leaves are three-foliolate, positioned on long leaf stalks. The leaflets are triangular with a rounded base. It is semi-evergreen, i.e. occasionally it may be deciduous. It has moderate water needs. The flowers are pink or purple of pea flower shape as the plant belongs to the Fabaceae family. Flowering time is spring and early summer.